Author: Tyler Oakley
Genre: Non-Fiction, humour
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: 20 October 2015
Pop-culture phenomenon, social rights advocate and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice of YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal and hilarious essays.
For someone who makes a career out of over-sharing on the internet, Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; negotiating a tense stand-off with the White House secret service; crashing a car in front of his entire high school, in a work uniform; projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother; and so much more.
In Binge, Tyler delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star.
Tyler Oakley is the Queen of YouTube, and this book was literally Tyler in a book - a Tyler that you can take with you anywhere! It was as if Tyler was in the room with me, telling me his stories.
This book is a memoir, with Tyler telling various anecdotes about his life - from the time he thought he'd found true love (in one chapter I had found a beautiful ship, only to have it ripped to shreds), to his adventures with porn, to meeting One Direction, and throwing a tantrum in the Cheesecake Factory because his favourite burger no longer had beets (apparently no being able to shit red the next day was a major issue for Tyler!). Interspersed with pictures of fetus Tyler, he tells the stories of his highest highs and his lowest lows, all the while showing how these moments shaped him as a person, and made him who he is today.
I love Tyler Oakley, and although I've only been watching him for just over a year, his videos never fail to brighten my day. As I've said, this book is your very own personal Tyler Oakley, that you can carry around with you and have tell you his stories. What's great is that you don't have to read this book from cover to cover. Instead, you can pick it up and read any anecdote at random, and enjoy what Tyler has to tell you.
This book is perfect for fans of Tyler, no matter how dedicated you are, as there are definitely stories in the book that he hasn't even told the camera, yet. But this book is also great for anyone looking for a non-fiction book that will make you smile, laugh, and cry. It's a book filled with beautiful life messages and rays of hope and support to those struggling to fit in. It's also great to see Tyler shares his experiences of coming out as gay and being so vocal within the LGBTQ+ community - a good read for someone struggling with their sexuality and trying to come out to family and friends.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning a little more about Tyler. It's a must read for any fan, and definitely a enjoyable read to someone who doesn't even know who Tyler is - you'll certainly know him by the time you reach the last page! Tyler's story is far from over, and I'm sure he has a million more anecdotes to share, so I hope he considers another book in the future!